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#1 Nicholas Davidoff

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Posted 19 August 2008 - 08:08 PM

Hi all,

I'll be working for a few weeks around beaches and saltwater and I would love to hear any input you may have about steadicam maintenance under these conditions. Considering saltwater in the air, is it recommended to keep as much of the rig covered as possible? Saran wrap? Rain covers?
How about daily maintenance? Should the rig be thoroughly wiped down? Washed? Drenched in CorrosionX or ACF50?
Any tips, tricks and experiences about beach shooting are greatly appreciated.

~ Nick
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#2 Amando Crespo

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Posted 19 August 2008 - 09:22 PM

Hi all,

I'll be working for a few weeks around beaches and saltwater and I would love to hear any input you may have about steadicam maintenance under these conditions. Considering saltwater in the air, is it recommended to keep as much of the rig covered as possible? Saran wrap? Rain covers?
How about daily maintenance? Should the rig be thoroughly wiped down? Washed? Drenched in CorrosionX or ACF50?
Any tips, tricks and experiences about beach shooting are greatly appreciated.

~ Nick


Hi Nick. Of course, all care you´ve with your gear are wellcome. Before to oil your arm, you´ve to be sure, that there are not sand or salt inside your springs... The clip of the vest, must maintenance.... Be carefully with hot in your monitor.... a rain cover is wellcome, but you need don´t let the humidity or warm inside... Fight with the wind shoting... And drink watter or isotonic.... put a cap and refresh your body.
GOOD VIBRATIONS....... :lol: :lol:
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#3 Mike McGowan SOC

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Posted 19 August 2008 - 10:44 PM

I'm probably not the best person to listen to here but I work on the beach constantly and I almost never do anything other than I would if I was working on a stage. I guess salt water is probably a bad thing and filters and the front's of lenses can develop a "salty haze" after a while but most of your gear is metal and plastic... I can't say I've ever had any beach related issues (unless you count sand in my shoes).
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#4 Amando Crespo

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Posted 19 August 2008 - 10:50 PM

I'm probably not the best person to listen to here but I work on the beach constantly and I almost never do anything other than I would if I was working on a stage. I guess salt water is probably a bad thing and filters and the front's of lenses can develop a "salty haze" after a while but most of your gear is metal and plastic... I can't say I've ever had any beach related issues (unless you count sand in my shoes).

Hi Mike!. 7 months working in Republica Dominicana...You get problems with salt, sand, sun, produc... ejem!. For long works at the beach is important take care for the gear. Your shoes also...jajajajajaja...(you´re a crazy and funny man)
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#5 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 19 August 2008 - 11:39 PM

Actually to properly answer you question we need to know what rig.

Personally I hate shooting at the beach
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#6 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 20 August 2008 - 09:28 PM

I just finished shooting in the Bahamas for a month and I found that rust was constantly trying to form on my arm bearings. Everything else seemed to handle the salt, heat, and sand OK. I kept an eye on the arm and wiped it down with fresh water often to remove the salt. While I was there I was wishing that I'd gotten some ACF50 for my arm before going.
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#7 Nicholas Davidoff

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Posted 20 August 2008 - 11:46 PM

Thanks alot for the replies guys, very helpful.

Eric, to answer your question, I have a Pro arm, Pro vest, MK-V post (carbon fiber, 4 stage), Pro DB and JBoxes, Nebtek Neb70 HD monitor.

Brad, although GPI doesn't advocate the use of ACF 50 (or Corrosion X), so many ops seem to swear by it. So my question is how much to use and where? Some people I've talked to use it sparingly where needed. Another friend of mine said he used to spray down his entire Pro arm at the end of the day when he was shooting in Hawaii...

Any war stories?..
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#8 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 01:05 AM

Thanks alot for the replies guys, very helpful.

Eric, to answer your question, I have a Pro arm, Pro vest, MK-V post (carbon fiber, 4 stage), Pro DB and JBoxes, Nebtek Neb70 HD monitor.

Brad, although GPI doesn't advocate the use of ACF 50 (or Corrosion X), so many ops seem to swear by it. So my question is how much to use and where? Some people I've talked to use it sparingly where needed. Another friend of mine said he used to spray down his entire Pro arm at the end of the day when he was shooting in Hawaii...

Any war stories?..



Reason I asked. Pro Arms are to be hosed off with fresh water after removing the spring cartridges. The cartridges are wiped down and the drawbars are hit with some lithium grease. Pretty much the same for the vest.

Non stainless hardware is going to rust, nothing you can do about it.
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#9 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 22 August 2008 - 12:54 PM

Brad, although GPI doesn't advocate the use of ACF 50 (or Corrosion X), so many ops seem to swear by it. So my question is how much to use and where?

First of all, I have a Master arm, so my situation is different than yours. Secondly, I've never actually used ACF50, I've just read and heard about how great it is, so I would defer to those folks that have more experience with it than me.
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#10 luis castro

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Posted 22 August 2008 - 01:01 PM

Brad, although GPI doesn't advocate the use of ACF 50 (or Corrosion X), so many ops seem to swear by it. So my question is how much to use and where?

First of all, I have a Master arm, so my situation is different than yours. Secondly, I've never actually used ACF50, I've just read and heard about how great it is, so I would defer to those folks that have more experience with it than me.





used cover arm and cover sled , it uses to cover the exhibited parts of metal to the salt, movil blue fat for airplanes, soon to only clean when finishing work

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